Ecology and Conservation Biology
UCAS Code: C180
BSc + Placement Year
UCAS Code: C185
UCAS Code: C189
MBiolSci + Placement Year
UCAS Code: C184
This video was made by students on our second year module, Talking The Talk: Getting Science on Film
Added value options – with reduced fees:
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|About the course||
Ecology and Conservation Biology is about the ecosystems across the planet that are under threat, and what we can do to save them. You’ll learn more about the interactions between humans, animals, plants and the Earth’s atmosphere, covering topics such as biodiversity, climate change and environmental management.
You'll take compulsory modules designed to give you specialist ecology and conservation knowledge and the essential skills that every professional scientist needs, plus a range of optional modules. You can study:
You'll spend the first week of your first term on a field trip in Sheffield, working on projects throughout the city's green spaces and out to the edge of the Peak District. You'll continue to develop your scientific research skills with practical sessions in our specialist teaching laboratories throughout your first and second year. We also run regular field trips to zoos, aquariums and nature reserves, and in our second year module, Talking the Talk: Getting Science on Film, students get to make their own wildlife documentaries.
Between second and third year, you'll go on a field course, either overseas or here in the UK. We give you a choice of fascinating habitats to explore, from dramatic landscapes in remote corners of the globe, to complex ecosystems operating right under our noses.
In third year, you'll tie your scientific skills together with an in-depth research project and dissertation. If you do one of our four-year research-intensive MBiolSci degrees, you'll get to do an even bigger project in fourth year.
Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
Research project: You'll choose a topic and be allocated a supervisor who will help you decide what you're going to investigate, design your experiments, write up your findings and draw your conclusions.
Students also write a dissertation or take part in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme:
Ecology and Conservation Biology with Placement Year
Our BSc and MBiolSci Ecology and Conservation Biology with Placement Year degrees allow you to do a year long, paid work placement between your second and third year. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you’re on placement and you'll still have access to your tutor and the support you need from the university. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.
Placements aren't guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help. We have a dedicated tutor in the department to provide advice and the university’s Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. In your first and second year at Sheffield you’ll also have opportunities to meet with a range of employers, chat to recent Ecology and Conservation Biology graduates about how they're applying their degrees to the workplace, and hear from current placement students about their experiences.
Our students have done their placements at organisations that include: